Degree and Certificate Programs

Master of Science in Education Degree

International and Comparative Education (Program Pending)

Program Office: IUB, Education 4228, (812) 856-8363.

This master's degree program is available at Bloomington. Many of the courses in this specialization provide students with the opportunity to inquire into the relationship of education to the economic, social, political, and cultural developments that shape national and regional systems of schooling.

In addition, students may receive credit for relevant international travel and study as well as research and practicum experiences within the state and nation, through a series of activities and projects with United States educational organizations and foreign governments.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, including the following:

I. Basic Core (9 cr.)

  • H551 Comparative Education I (3 cr.)
  • H552 Comparative Education II: Case Studies (3 cr.)
  • H637 Topical Seminar: International and Comparative Education topic (3 cr.)

II. Specialized Studies in Educational Foundations (9 cr.)

Three courses from:

  • A630 Economic Dimensions of Education (3 cr.)
  • H5O4 History of American Education (3 cr.)
  • H520 Education and Social Issues (3 cr.)
  • H525 Anthropology of Education (3 cr.)
  • H530 Philosophy of Education (3 cr.)
  • H540 Sociology of Education (3 cr.)
  • H620 Seminar in Educational Policy Studies (3 cr.)
  • H637 Topical Seminar: topic other than International and Comparative Education (3 cr.)
  • H553 Travel Study (3 cr.) or H590 Independent Study (3 cr.)

III. Concentration (9 cr.)

Three courses, selected with the advisor, that form a coherent concnetration pertinent to the student's specific interests in the content of international and comparative education or the application of comparative methods to the study of education; for example, African Studies, curriculum, East Asian Studies, higher education, language education. Courses may be selected from those offered by any appropriate unit in the university, but in planning the concentration, students are particularly encouraged to include courses outside the School of Education.

IV. Inquiry Methodology (3 cr.)

One course in educational inquiry methodology, selected with the advisor. These are usually Y prefix courses in the School of Education, but they may include inquiry outside the School courses on the approved list available at (See link for approved inquiry core classes.)

V. Electives

Students choosing to complete a master's thesis will take 6 cr. of H599 Master's Thesis in Education. Otherwise, electives are to be selected in consultation with the student's advisor from appropriate courses within or outside the School of Education.

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